We have a tiny terrace garden. It's Shaun's dream to someday have a yard where he can spend the spring and summer gardening and growing our fruits and veggies. Until then, we work with what we've got. And we've got basil!
There's so much basil and a girl can only eat so many caprese salads. Well, that's not actually true because I could eat them everyday, but we have quite a surplus going on so I thought we could use up a lot with a simple pesto sauce. I made this version both oil and nut free, but in the future I think the nuts might add a bit of healthy flavor and texture. I also used frozen shrimp from the freezer which couldn't be simpler. And lastly, the zoodles. So easy and so tasty, not to mention super healthy. A great way to get my pasta fix without all that heaviness. And I realized that turning two zucchinis into zoodles and cooking them actually took less time than boiling a big pot of water and cooking spaghetti. So it's winning all around.
pesto zoodles with shrimp
for the pesto:
2 C fresh basil
1/2 C low sodium chicken broth
1/2 C grated Parmesan cheese
for the zoodles + shrimp:
2 large zucchini, peeled
1 lb shrimp, peeled, deveined and cooked
1tsp olive oil
Salt & pepper
Using a spiralizer, make your zucchini into spaghetti-like strands, cutting the strands often so that they are not too long.
In a food processor or blender, combine the basil, broth and cheese. Blend until smooth.
In a large skillet over medium heat, heat up the oil and add the zucchini noodles. Sautée for 2-3 minutes; I used tongs to move the zoodles around in the pan. Add the pesto and mix with tongs to combine. Add shrimp to pan, mix together and let heat for a minute or so.
Serve immediately or let sit off heat with cover half off the pan to vent (so zoodles don't get too mushy) until ready to serve. Reheat for one minute prior to serving.
Top with additional Parmesan cheese if desired (isn't it always desired?).
This is definitely going to become a new go-to in our house. I was worried that Shaun wouldn't love this dish and miss the actual pasta, but after one bite, he turned to me and said...make this every night! Woop!
What simple dinners are you loving lately? Do you have a spiralizer? Would you try zoodles, or another spiralized veggie in place of pasta?